Sabarimala temple shuts for purification after two women devotees enter the shrine

Two women devotees below 50 years entered Sabarimala temple in Kerela on Wednesday under police protection. In a first to do so after the Supreme Court's landmark judgment that lifted the decade-old ban on women of menstrual age entering the holy shrine. The triumph, however, could not last long as the temple has been shut down "purification rituals".

Sabarimala Temple Sabarimala temple shuts for purification after two women devotess enter the shrine Source : Press

Two women devotees below 50 years entered Sabarimala temple in Kerela on Wednesday under police protection. In a first to do so after the Supreme Court's landmark judgment that lifted the decade-old ban on women of menstrual age entering the holy shrine. The triumph, however, could not last long as the temple has been shut down "purification rituals". 

Bindu from Perinthalmanna and Kanaka Durga from Kannur, both in their early 40s, are the first who entered the shrine early this morning
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirming their visit said: "It is a fact that the women entered the shrine. Police are bound to offer protection to anyone wanting to worship at the shrine."

The temple association closed the doors of shrine after Vijayan's confirmation of the women's entry. The temple is being purified and devotees have been asked to leave. 

As per the reports, they both came in an ambulance strategically made necessary arrangements for them to reach the temple. They reached a little before 4 am in no media glare, which apparently helped them. 

According to Bindu "We did not enter the shrine by climbing the 18 holy steps but went through the staff gate".

Meanwhile, Police have tightened security at their houses after they visited the shrine.



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